Every once in a while I'll think back on certain classes, teachers, models, and fellow artists that I have worked with in the past. One model that has reached "legendary status" is Floyd. He modeled for figure drawing classes at UB and Buffalo state. In fact, if you talked to any art student in Western New York, chances are you could say "have you ever drawn Floyd?" and they would answer "yes!" and an enthusiastic conversation would ensue - his crazy poses, the elaborate stories of his background and how he came to be a figure model, etc.
Floyd was easily in his mid-to-late 60's, and sadly, the first man I ever saw naked in real life. Yes, the scars run deep.
But he was incredible. He had a pose we called "tripod" (get your mind out of the gutter). He would lean back on two hands, and support himself on one leg, while the other leg was up in the air. His butt was lifted off the ground. He could support himself in this suspended position for like 5 minutes. It was crazy.
I'd love to hear from artists in Buffalo and around that area if Floyd is still working the modeling circuit...inspiring future generations of artists...
These drawings all date from 1995-1997 I believe...proof i never throw anything away (much to my hubby's dismay)